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SATURDAY: We love Roadfood today – just about all of us who love food at all. But that wasn’t always the case, 30 years ago, back before Jane and Michael Stern published a book that basically made us say “greasy spoon” like it’s a good thing. Well, Jane and Michael are still at it – with an assist from new, online, interactive technologies that make their efforts publishing a book on paper between covers seem a little antiquarian. We catch up with the dynamic duo of Roadfood in New Orleans for their festival, and also check in with two Texas icons being honored: Royer’s Café in Round Top and Louie Mueller’s Barbecue in Taylor. Texas brisket and great pies on the streets of the French Quarter – as those Gershwin boys used to say, who could ask for anything more?
SUNDAY: We really like Chef Troy Knapp at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort just outside the sprawl of San Antonio – and no, not just because he cooked a wonderful lunch for us doing our recent visit. We were especially impressed by the fact that he’s a trained and certified sommelier. This means he barely ever cooks anything for anybody without also coming up with a wine that’ll suit it perfectly. As part of the same broadcast from the resort, we sit down for a super-VIP tasting of bourbons with one of the guys who’s done the most for this American spirit, Bill Samuels Jr. of Makers Mark. Back a couple decades ago, when bourbon was just something Texans poured into their Coke to get a buzz, Bill’s father started pioneering steps toward quality that would increase both price and pleasure. We personally would like to thank the Samuels, pere et fils, for doing that.